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Parkinson's DiseaseEditorial supervision: Dr. Kazuko Hasegawa, Chief Physician, Department of Neurology, Sagamihara National Hospital, National Hospital Organization, Japan

Early detection and early treatment are important in Parkinson's disease.

The movement of your body has deteriorated. Your muscles feel stiff. Your body shakes, and you fall over more easily than before... Do you think that is due to age? It could be the appearance of symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Other symptoms that might appear in the very early stages include constipation, urinary problems, an impaired sense of smell, and shouting at inappropriate times, for example, during the night.
Parkinson's disease progresses gradually, usually appearing after the age of 50.
The keys to keeping your body and mind in optimal condition despite the disease are early accurate diagnosis and early commencement of treatment. If movement of your body has deteriorated, don't just put it down to age and ignore it; use this site and other resources to gain a good understanding of Parkinson's disease, and if you have any symptoms that you are concerned about, see your doctor as soon as possible.

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Parkinson's disease progresses over a long period of time.
The types and severity of symptoms that appear together differ from patient to patient, as does the treatment strategy, which depends on the individual's circumstances.
The progression of Parkinson's disease also differs from patient to patient, as do the symptoms that accompany the progression.
To treat these, the doses and types of medication can be changed. It is important to consult your physician regarding any concerns you may have and to learn how best to live with Parkinson's disease so that you can continue to live a fulfilling daily life, free from inconvenience.

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